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Iran economic crisis: More Afghans return this year

Iran economic crisis: More Afghans return this year

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Sep 08, 2018 - 20:28

HEART (Pajhwok): More than 225,000 Afghans have been voluntarily or forcefully repatriated from Iran in the past nine months through Islam Qala crossing into Afghanistaninfo-icon, an official said on Saturday

Javed Naadem, head of the Refugees and Repatriation Department in western Herat province, said a number of Afghans have returned to the country due to the deteriorated economic situation in the neighbouring country.

He said there was 100 percent increase in the repatriation of Afghans from Iran as in the nine months of last year 122,000 Afghans repatriated from Iran while this year 225,000 Afghans have returned.

He said 1,200 children, 63 womeninfo-icon without their male guardians, 353 ill persons, 79 drug addicts, 447 less fortunate persons, 149 elders and 63 disabled are among those who had been forcefully repatriated.

Naadem expressed concern over the mass repatriation of Afghans from Iran and added the national institution and the assisting organization were unable to deal with the situation.

Experts in Iran believed that Afghans were unable to deal with the situation after fresh economic sanctions therefore that had to return to their country.

After the economic sanctions on Iran, the local currency of the neighbouring country suffered depreciation which hit hard the overall economy of Iran.

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